Ques­tions for ‘pro­gres­sive’ preach­ers

There’s a rea­son some pas­tors re­treat be­hind the walls of their of­fices

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Everett Piper

Apas­tor sent me a mes­sage this week. Af­ter spend­ing some time high­light­ing my limited knowl­edge of so­cial psy­chol­ogy as well as my ig­no­rance of cog­ni­tive and moral devel­op­ment the­o­ries, he pro­ceeded to chas­tise me for what he termed my “con­fir­ma­tion bias.” How was I guilty of such ide­o­log­i­cal fore­clo­sure?

It seems my sin was my per­sis­tent crit­i­cism of the in­ef­fec­tual and bank­rupt think­ing of ‘Pro­gres­sives.’

“Je­sus was nei­ther a Re­pub­li­can or a Demo­crat,” said my cler­i­cal coach. “Your fo­cus on par­ti­san pol­i­tics only dis­tracts from the mes­sage of Christ. Surely, if you were more open minded, you could find some ex­am­ples where Democrats are right and Repub­li­cans are wrong?”

Know­ing con­text is al­ways king, I de­cided to ask a ques­tion or two be­fore suc­cumb­ing to the temp­ta­tion of ven­tur­ing an an­swer: “Aside from the fact that Je­sus ob­vi­ously wasn’t ei­ther a Re­pub­li­can or Demo­crat, be­cause nei­ther party ex­isted at the time, can you tell me what ex­act po­lit­i­cal poli­cies are of con­cern to you? Please be spe­cific,” I said.

Fail­ing to get a re­sponse, I de­cided to dou­ble down a bit.

“Please show me,” I asked, “some spe­cific cases where, as you say, ‘Democrats are right and Repub­li­cans are wrong.’

“For ex­am­ple, please pro­vide me some ev­i­dence as to why po­lit­i­cally cor­rect jus­tice is right, and bib­li­cally cor­rect jus­tice is wrong?

“Can you tell me why deny­ing the bi­o­log­i­cal fact of the fe­male is right, while de­fend­ing the em­pir­i­cal re­al­ity of a woman is wrong?

“Why is killing our youngest chil­dren right, while fight­ing to pro­tect them from a po­lit­i­cal party hell-bent on their ex­e­cu­tion wrong?

“Please tell me where it is ever right to hide the phys­i­cal con­se­quences of un­bib­li­cal sex, while it’s wrong to ed­u­cate peo­ple of its harm­ful ef­fects.

“Please ex­plain to me why it’s right for the state to pre­sume to de­fine mar­riage (a sacra­ment of the church), while fight­ing to keep the gov­ern­ment out of the church’s busi­ness is wrong?

“Please help me un­der­stand where the con­fis­ca­tion of pri­vate prop­erty (i.e. steal­ing it through tax­a­tion, debt, and in­fla­tion) is right, while de­fend­ing the right of all cit­i­zens to work hard and en­joy the fruits of their la­bor is wrong?

“Can you pro­vide ev­i­dence that ig­nor­ing our na­tion’s sovereignty is right, while de­fend­ing our coun­try’s bor­ders (as God told Is­rael to de­fend its own) is wrong?

“Please share your ev­i­dence prov­ing that in­doc­tri­nat­ing our chil­dren in schools com­mit­ted to moral ni­hilism is right, while ‘train­ing up our chil­dren in the way they should go’ is wrong.

“Please tell me why you think deny­ing God’s ex­is­tence and ex­pung­ing any men­tion of Him from our courts, our Congress, and our class­rooms is right, while hon­or­ing Him as the au­thor and giver of our un­alien­able rights of life and lib­erty is wrong.

“Please show me where di­vid­ing our coun­try by race and color is right, while working to unite it by virtue and char­ac­ter is wrong.

“Please pro­vide ev­i­dence show­ing that the con­stant em­pha­sis on my iden­tity and my vic­tim­iza­tion is right, while the fo­cus on my re­spon­si­bil­ity and my obli­ga­tions is wrong.

“Please tell me where God ever — ever — blesses and pro­tects a peo­ple who deny His ex­is­tence, boo Him at their na­tional con­ven­tions, mock His min­i­mal stan­dards of moral­ity, cel­e­brate the killing of His youngest chil­dren, de­bauch 5 and 10-year-olds on the al­tar of sex­ual pol­i­tics, and de­fine them­selves by be­hav­iors He calls damnable. Please tell me where any of this lu­nacy is right, and why chal­leng­ing it as sui­ci­dal is wrong.”

I didn’t get an­swer from my pas­tor friend. In fact, his deaf­en­ing si­lence is as dumb­found­ing as his ini­tial ques­tion.

There is a rea­son for the re­li­gious big­otry we see rife in our cul­ture. There is a rea­son for the Christo­pho­bia per­va­sive in our Congress and our courts. There is a rea­son for the in­fat­u­a­tion mil­len­ni­als have for big gov­ern­ment. There is a rea­son our prog­eny smirks at Amer­i­can ex­cep­tion­al­ism while they faun over so­cial­ist regimes mired in the blood of mil­lions. There is a rea­son me­dia talk­ing heads don’t even un­der­stand

There is a rea­son our prog­eny smirks at Amer­i­can ex­cep­tion­al­ism while they faun over so­cial­ist regimes mired in the blood of mil­lions.

the ba­sics of male and fe­male phys­i­ol­ogy.

There is a rea­son so many of our schools don’t seem to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of the imago Dei and in­stead treat their stu­dents as if they are lit­tle more than the imago dog. There is a rea­son our elected lead­ers cel­e­brate the “choice” of killing chil­dren 60 sec­onds be­fore they’re born and even 60 sec­onds af­ter.

There’s a rea­son self-righ­teous pas­tors and politi­cians pro­tect them­selves be­hind the walls of their of­fices while telling all the rest of us that a wall to pro­tect our coun­try is wrong. There is a rea­son our elec­torate can’t think its way out of a paper bag and can’t tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween what is true and what is false; what is evil and what is good; and what is right and what is wrong. There’s a rea­son for all of this. Could it be that rea­son is found in what is be­ing preached from our pul­pits? Everett Piper, pres­i­dent of Ok­la­homa Wes­leyan Univer­sity, is the au­thor of “Not A Day Care: The Dev­as­tat­ing Con­se­quences of Aban­don­ing Truth” (Reg­n­ery 2017).

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